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Library director suspended after resident complaint

Wales selectmen mull tough decisions on 2 Main St.

February 28, 2011
WALES — Members of the Board of Selectmen discussed the recent suspension of Library Director Nancy Baer at their meeting last Tuesday night, Feb. 22, as well as how the town hopes to proceed after the disappointing results of the special Town Meeting two weeks ago.

Baer was suspended with pay last week after a resident filed a letter of complaint about her with the Board of Selectmen. According to Board Chairman Michael Valanzola, an internal investigation is being conducted by representatives of the Town Council. Members of the board declined to comment further about the nature of the resident's complaints until the investigation is complete.

Of course, the most notable story in Wales in the last month was its residents' decision not to support the proposal to approve $1.1 million to purchase and renovate the 2 Main St. property. The renovation would have allowed the town offices, police department, and library to be housed in one complex, but instead the town will be forced to make some difficult decisions moving forward.

At Tuesday's meeting board members agreed that since the proposal had not been approved by residents at the special Town Meeting, it was appropriate to terminate the purchase and sale agreement for $580,000 that had been arranged with 2 Main St. property owners, Michael and Nicholas Katsounakis. Board members also decided to ask an architect to conduct a walkthrough of the current town offices (3 Hollow Road) with Building Inspector John Lussier and begin to estimate how much it would cost to make the necessary safety renovations.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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